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Institutes of Technology Ireland
Research & Innovation
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Research, development and innovation at a glance

There is a significant base of research development and innovation activity across the sector including:

  • 46 specialist research centres or groups, developed and supported by various funding mechanisms
  • This portfolio of industry-focused research centres and initiatives supported 521 researchers and support staff in 2011, all actively engaged in research activities
  • The quality of these research resources is reflected in their ability to access a wide range of funding awards, including IRCSET, IRCHSS and TSR at national level and FP7 and Interreg from EU sources.
  • Leading researchers in the IoTs have also demonstrated their experience and reputation by accessing 34 Science Foundation Ireland awards since establishment of the organization, covering Principal Investigator, Research Frontiers, Stokes Professorships/Lectureships, Starting Investigator, ETS Walton Professor and TIDA feasibility grants.
  • A substantial postgraduate student base is sustained through this research activity, with 871 recorded in 2011.
  • The work across the centres and initiatives generated €218mn in research funding between 2006 and 2010, of which 66% was allocated toward research in ICT, Health and Biotechnology, as shown below.

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

  • There are 15 on-site innovation and incubation centres which provide dedicated space, support, facilities and access to research expertise for up to 300 new and growing companies at any one time. 
  • Funding by Enterprise Ireland of 13 Applied Research Enhancement Centres, which build on areas of specialist research capability across the Institutes. As demonstrated in the table below these ARE centres have substantially expanded the level of interaction with industry around practical research and innovation projects, with industry investment in these projects increasing significantly in recent years.

Industry Impact from IoT Applied Research Enhancement Centres


2008

2009

2010

2011

Total

Industrial Collaborations

36

69

117

150

372

Innovation Voucher Projects

20

45

70

52

187

Innovation Partnership Projects

2

7

13

19

41

Projects Directly Funded by Industry

14

17

34

79

144

Income from Collaborative Projects

€570,000

€451,000

€1,550,000

€3,200,000

€5,771,000

Industry Contribution to
Collaborative Projects

€226,000

€102,000

€615,000

€1,500,000

€2,443,000

Industry Contribution %

39.7%

22.2%

39.7%

46.7%

42.3%

News

28th March 2014: Launch of the IOTI Postgraduate Research Scholarship Initiative 2014

IOTI is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Initiative 2014 and invites submissions from academic or research staff members interested in supervising Masters or PhD students.  

13th February 1997: WIT partners in pioneering Cross-Border Student Sport Research Study

The Centre for Health Behaviour Research at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is part of a consortium which has been chosen to lead a pioneering €120,000 cross-border research partnership project examining the participation of 11,000 third level students in sport and physical activity.

14th February 2014: Bio-PolyTec: A Boost for Implant Research at IT Sligo

Researchers at IT Sligo are leading a €1 million EU funded project which could pave the way for more people to receive better and cheaper medical implants faster.

6th March 2014: WIT Telecoms Research Group to help create 600 Jobs by 2020

Today, the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn TD, officially opened ‘NetLabs’, a €5 million research building at WIT’s West Campus

22nd October 2013: New €23m technology gateway network at Institutes of Technology to act as 'R&D arm' of Irish companies

An Enterprise Ireland network of 12 technology gateways, set up to deliver technology-based solutions for companies around the country, was launched by Minister for Research & Innovation Seán Sherlock in Thomond Park, Limerick this morning.